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So I finally temp-rooted my HTC Desire HD and set about trying to uninstall some of the stock apps that came with it (Stocks (no pun intended), Facebook for HTc and so on). But it won't let me - the 'Uninstall' link is disabled inside Settings-> Applications.

Do I need to do a 'full' root to achieve my goal or am I missing something?

Thanks for reading.

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I would be extremely careful about removing seemingly unneeded system apps. In most manufacturer overlays (HTC's Sense, Motorola's BLUR, Samsung's TouchWiz, etc.) some of these apps might be very closely integrated with "core" apps such as Contacts or Phone/Dialer, for example. Removing things you might think are useless (e.g. Happenings.apk on MotoBLUR) can cause instability of the core apps and make them Force Close on launch. Try to do a search on this site (or better yet appropriate section on XDA-Developers forums) for a list of apps that can be safely removed from your handset. – Chahk Apr 14 '11 at 13:40
TouchWiz is actually fairly loosely integrated, fortunately, but it's always best to make a backup. – Matthew Read Apr 14 '11 at 15:10
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The Settings application doesn't let you uninstall system apps; it's got nothing to do with root. It doesn't check for root, or anything like that.

I recommend using Titanium Backup to remove system apps, it works wonderfully. I even had a regular app yesterday that the Market just couldn't uninstall for some reason, and TB took care of it.

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Cool, many thanks. It looks like Titanium Backup requires root access to work so I'll give it a try with temp-root. – 5arx Apr 14 '11 at 15:17

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